Catherine Creek

Conserving priority habitat for imperiled Columbia River salmon and steelhead

Oregon's Catherine Creek flows 32 miles from the Wallowa Mountains to the Grande Ronde River, a tributary to the Snake. Western Rivers Conservancy's work on this unique stream will improve habitat for some of the most imperiled stocks of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River system. (Photo by Dave Jensen)

The area of Catherine Creek where WRC is focusing its conservation efforts (called Reach 4) is especially important to salmon and steelhead survival because of its importance as spawning habitat. Much of the lower river, below the project area, has diminished habitat capacity due to development and diversions. This makes the upper reaches especially critical. (Photo by Dave Jensen)

Catherine Creek is particularly important for ESA-listed spring Chinook, which spawn in the upper reaches of the stream. Threatened bull trout also inhabit the upper areas of Catherine Creek. (Photo by Dave Jensen)

The 545-acre property where WRC is focusing its conservation efforts include frontage along both sides of Catherine Creek. (Photo by Dave Jensen)

Conveyance of the property to a long term conservation steward will allow for significant stream rehabilitation, including the restoration of side-channel and pool habitat. This will improve the over-winter survival rates of juvenile salmon and steelhead. (Photo by Dave Jensen)